The first evacuees from Australia’s latest operation in Afghanistan are set to arrive in Perth to commence their quarantine.

My government is working closely with the Western Australian Government to ensure the evacuees receive the medical and mental health support they need when they arrive.

We will work together to support our people with whatever they need.

This has been a difficult and distressing ordeal for many of the evacuees and we will help them through completing the mandatory 14 day quarantine.

I thank the Premier for agreeing to take the evacuees above WA's weekly quarantine arrivals cap.

In times like this, all levels of government need to step up to do their bit.

The Commonwealth is in discussions with state governments about future arrangements to accommodate further evacuees above weekly arrivals caps.